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Symposium on Light for Driving and Monitoring Chemical Reactions

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Using the tools of physics and design principles, AMOLF researchers study complex matter, such as light at the nanoscale, living matter, designer matter and nanoscale solar cells. These insights open up opportunities to create new functional materials and to find solutions to societal challenges.

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  • Responsive soft robots inspired by sputtering ketchup bottle

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  • Getting more information by measuring faster and averaging less

    For signals barely larger than the noise in a system, measurement is generally a trade-off between speed and precision. Averaging over several measurements reduces the influence of noise but takes …

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  • Discovery of new mechanisms to control the flow of sound

    Using a network of vibrating nano-strings controlled with light, researchers from AMOLF have made sound waves move in a specific irreversible direction and attenuated or amplified the waves in a …

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  • Open Technology Programme (OTP) funding

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AMOLF NEWS December 2021

In this issue (in Dutch):

  • Interview with director Huib Bakker about AMOLF’s new research themes
  • Marc Serra Garcia designs hypersmart materials
  • Highlights of the Garnett and Bakker groups
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C. elegans does not accidentally switch off its ability to detect salt

AMOLF researchers, collaborating with researchers from the Erasmus MC, have discovered a genetic mechanism that ensures that a nerve cell retains its identity once it has differentiated. This concerns a neuron in the worm C. elegans that can detect salt. Its identity is activated by a genetic switch during the cell’s development. Jeroen van Zon and his colleagues have discovered how it is possible that this switch never spontaneously switches off again.

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Crystals beneath a sunbed

PhD student Marloes Bistervels from the Self-Organizing Matter research group at AMOLF has managed to use light to very precisely control the formation of nanocomposites in the shape of corals and vases. By illuminating a solution of the right ingredients with UV light, she can control where, when and which structures arise at the micrometer scale.

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